Lasagna is a dish that consists of pasta layered with sauce, cheese, and other ingredients. It can be baked in the oven or cooked on top of the stove. Lasagna is a popular dish worldwide, although its origin can be traced to several different regions.
The word lasagna is Italian in origin and also the name of the flat thin type of pasta that is used in this dish. A more traditional Italian-American version consists of flat sheets of pasta alternated with layers of sauce, cheese, additional seasonings, and other ingredients. It is then baked in the oven until the cheese starts to brown on top.
Another popular version of lasagna is a layered casserole that uses no pasta at all. In this case, only one type of sauce which has been thickened slightly with a starch such as flour or cornstarch can be used. The dish may contain ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach leaves or other vegetables.
Lasagna has its roots in the cookery of Italian peasants and thus is believed to be among the oldest of pasta dishes. One theory is that it evolved from similar food preparations once served by Jewish families of the region.
The traditional Italian-American lasagna is a cooked dish, consisting of several layers of cooked pasta interspersed with layers of sauce and grated cheese, baked in the oven until it becomes brown on top.
The popular layered casserole version does not use pasta; only one type of thickened sauce with a combination of ingredients can be used. This casserole version is also referred to as lasagna, although it typically is not classified as such by Italian-American cooking standards.
In Italy, lasagne al forno (“baked lasagne”) are traditionally baked in a large pan and served directly from the dish in which they were cooked.
So this is how to make Lasagna.
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